36 days in South America Itinerary

36 days in South America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South America travel planner
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 10 nights
Fly to Foz do Iguacu, Bus to Ciudad Del Este
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Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay
— 1 night
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Encarnacion, Paraguay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Asuncion, Paraguay
— 1 night
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Sucre, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 4 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 7 nights
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Arequipa, Peru
— 3 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 10 nights

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana and Claudio Coutinho Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Parasailing & Paragliding and Praia Da Joatinga. Take a break from Rio de Janeiro with a short trip to Camboinhas Beach in Niteroi, about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Leme, examine the collection at Museu da Republica, and enjoy breathtaking views from Morro Dois Irmaos.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro route planner.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Ljubljana to Rio de Janeiro due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ljubljana in November, expect Rio de Janeiro to be much warmer, temps between 33°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ciudad Del Este.
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Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay — 1 night

The commercial center of eastern Paraguay, busy Ciudad Del Este serves primarily as a shopping destination for Argentines and Brazilians.
On the 12th (Sat), buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping Paris and then don't miss a visit to PRESA DE ITAIPU.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ciudad Del Este trip website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Ciudad Del Este takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Ciudad Del Este, with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Encarnacion.
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Encarnacion, Paraguay — 2 nights

Encarnacion offers a good selection of cultural and natural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): steep yourself in history at La Santisima Trinidad De Parana and then delve into the distant past at Ruinas de Jesús. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Ortodoxa San Jorge and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Costanera de la Ciudad de Encarnacion Paraguay.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Encarnacion route planner.

Drive from Ciudad Del Este to Encarnacion in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Ciudad Del Este to Encarnacion is minus 1 hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Asuncion.
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Asuncion, Paraguay — 1 night

Paraguay's capital and economic center, Asuncion ranks among the youngest cities on the continent, with more than half of its residents under 30 years of age.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): ponder the world of politics at Palacio de López.

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You can drive from Encarnacion to Asuncion in 6 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Sucre.
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Sucre, Bolivia — 2 nights

The constitutional capital of Bolivia, Sucre has a well-preserved historic center, with many buildings dating back to the city's founding in the 16th century.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): make a trip to Plaza 25 de Mayo and then take an in-depth tour of House of Liberty Museum - Casa de la Libertad. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Recoleta.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sucre journey maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Asuncion to Sucre takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Asuncion in November, with highs in Sucre at 26°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Uyuni.
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Uyuni, Bolivia — 4 nights

Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Take a break from the city and head to Isla Incahuasi and Salar de Uyuni. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Off-Road Tours. There's more to do: examine the collection at Train Cemetery and don't miss a visit to Plaza Arce.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Uyuni holiday site.

You can drive from Sucre to Uyuni in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Sucre in November: highs in Uyuni hover around 12°C, while lows dip to 11°C. On the 21st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to La Paz.
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La Paz, Bolivia — 2 nights

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. Keep things going the next day: cruise along WMDR Yungas Road.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the La Paz road trip app.

Fly from Uyuni to La Paz in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Uyuni in November: highs in La Paz hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Cusco.
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Cusco, Peru — 7 nights

Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Get in touch with nature at exploor and Horseback Riding Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sacred Valley of the Incas and Tipon. When in Cusco, make a side trip to see Moray in Maras, approximately Maras away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Q'enqo, see the interesting displays at Museo Palacio Arzobispal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Cusco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Bolivia Time (BOT) to Peru Standard Time (PET) is minus 1 hour. In November, Cusco is a bit warmer than La Paz - with highs of 26°C and lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Arequipa.
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Arequipa, Peru — 3 nights

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Step off the beaten path and head to Historic Centre of Arequipa and Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa. There's more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Misti and get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Arequipa travel route website.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Arequipa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Arequipa, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Machu Picchu.
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Machu Picchu, Peru — 2 nights

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Intipuncu.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu vacation planner.

Fly from Arequipa to Machu Picchu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Paraguay travel guide

3.8
Landmarks · Shopping Malls · Gift & Specialty Shops
Heart of South America
Divided in half by its eponymous river, Paraguay is a land of contrasts, especially between its lush eastern region where most of the population lives and the arid west, filled with rustic villages and old Jesuit colonies. Although under Spanish rule for three centuries and with a recent history of dictatorships and wars, Paraguay retained its native Guarani culture, with more than 80 percent of population of indigenous heritage. You'll find plenty of things to do in Paraguay, from touring cosmopolitan cities and quaint Jesuit colonies, to browsing affordable arts and crafts stores and sailing on rivers that crisscross the diverse natural landscape that makes up this landlocked nation.
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Bolivia travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.
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Peru travel guide

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Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.
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